Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Adjusting the Width of Characters.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 6, 2017)
Word provides a way you can adjust the horizontal size of characters in your document. Actually, the scaling can be applied to any characters in a selection. To format characters in this way, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Character Spacing tab of the Font dialog box.
If you find you have a need to scale quite a few selections in your documents, you can add a scaling tool to a toolbar:
Figure 2. The Commands tab of the Customize dialog box.
With the Character Scaling tool in place, you can easily change the scaling of any selected text at any time.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (607) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Adjusting the Width of Characters.
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